Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A Book Review of The Gown of Glory
My guess is, that if you loved Jan Karon's Mitford series, there's a very good chance that you'll find The Gown of Glory to your taste as well. Agnes Sligh Turnbull's story about the Lyall family who live in the town of Ladykirk in the early 1900's can be described as an old-fashioned Mitford novel. Nothing fancy or earth-shattering but a sweet story of one of the town's pastors, David Lyall. It tells of his family's trials and joys, recounts the town's rich cast of characters and their antics, and shares how Mr. Lyall, as a small-town preacher, lives out his down-to-earth faith. Sprinkled throughout are homey vignettes and simple joys that always draw my homemaking heart into a story - sings on the back porch, birthday surprises, a 4th of July festival, and ice cream parlors, to name a few. Published in the early '50s, The Gown of Glory is one of my favorite vintage stories. Enjoy!